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Vidin is the Bulgarian district city which is located in the most Northwestern part of the country. It is located in immediate proximity to the border with the Republic of Serbia, and the Danube River is the border to Romania. According to the last census of the NSI (National Statistical Institute), at the end of 2019 the population of the town is 40 620 inhabitants.

Today Vidin has holds its dignified place among the tourist destinations along the Lower Danube River.

The economic structure of the district is dominated by the services sector, followed by the agriculture and industrial sector.
Among the few larger companies in the town are LB Bulgaricum EAD, Knauf Bulgaria EOOD, Bdintex EOOD.
In 2018 the district had a GDP per capita, in BGN – 7 926.

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Bulgarian business is increasingly in need of new, educated, smart and dedicated staff, outside our almost exhausted labor market.

The network of educational institutions includes kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, language and mathematics high schools, vocational high schools in the field of technical education, economics, tourism as well as a higher education institution - a branch of the Angel Kanchev Ruse University, with regular classes in 7 specialties.

The kindergarten fee in the town is BGN 44 per month.

There is an Emergency Medical Center, Diagnostic and Consulting Center 1 - Vidin, Medical Center „Biomed-99“ EOOD, Medical Center „Zdrave“ EOOD,
Medical Center „St. Ivan Rilski“ OOD, Multi-Disciplinary Hospital for Active Treatment „St. Petka“ AD, town of Vidin.

The Danube City Garden is the focal point for the town. It has significant architectural monuments – the Vida Theatre, Pazvantoglu Mosque and Library, Telegraph Kapiya, the Turkish Post, the Baba Vida Fortress, archeological and memorial sites, as well as panoramic and observation locations.
Other parks and gardens in the city include the Rova Park, the Vladikina Bahcha Park, the Belite Brezi Park, the Nora Celebi Pizanti Park, Mayski Les Forest Park and the Hunting Park - a forest park near the town.
The suburban recreation areas include the Orlyaka and the Bozhuritsa.

There are two European transport corridors passing through the municipality: No. 4 – Dresden / Nuremberg – Prague – Vienna/Bratislava – Budapest – Arad – Bucharest – Constanta/Craiova-Sofia-Thessaloniki/Plovdiv-Istanbul / and No. 7 - Danube River.
The Vidin-Sofia railway line is one of the oldest in Bulgaria, and the Vidin Railway Station started operating in 1923.
In 2013, the second New Europe Bridge was constructed over the Danube River to provide connection between Bulgaria and Romania (formerly known as the Danube Bridge 2 or the Vidin-Calafat Bridge), which is a prerequisite for the development of the economy in the town and the region.
There is a regular public transport in the town of Vidin, which includes 4 bus lines.

Vidin has a rowing base, indoor athletics track, sports hall „Festivalna“, bicycle racetrack in the complex „Chemist”, stadium „Georgi Benkovski“, gyms, a number of sports clubs - Municipal Football Club „Bdin 1923“, Sports Club „Wrestling, Sambo, Judo“, Basketball club „Vidabasket“, boxing sports club „Bdin“, car sports club „Zhiko-motorsport”, canoe-kayak clubs „Bdin 77“ and „Vanto“, sports club „Athlete“(athletics), Chess Club „Nayden Voynov“, Volleyball Club „Bdin-Vida“, Bodybuilding Club „Budin“.

 

The Baba Vida Castle, located on the banks of the Danube River and surrounded by a water trench, is the main attraction of the city and the only fully preserved medieval fortress in Bulgaria.

During the Roman Empire there was a bastion on this site functioning as the seat of a small garrison with an observation tower, around which the fortress was gradually built. Later, local governors used it as a feudal castle.

The Baba Vida Fortress Museum is among the Hundred National Tourist Sites of the Bulgarian Tourist Union. It is open on weekdays from 08:30 hrs to 17:00 hrs and on public holidays from 09:30 hrs to 17:00 hrs.

You can also visit: the Regional History Museum, the Konaka Museum, the Cross Barracks, the Nikola Petrov Art Gallery, the Vidin Metropolis Palace, the Mausoleum of Antim I, the Mihalaki Georgiev Regional Library, as well as the St. Dimitar Cathedral, which is the second tallest in Bulgaria after Sofia's Alexander Nevsky and has been declared a cultural monument. Apart from Christian churches, in Vidin you can also visit the Vidin Synagogue, as well as the mosque where the Osman Pazvantoglu library is located.

The Vladimir Trendafilov Drama Theatre and the State Puppet Theatre are also open for visitors.

The entry fee for visiting museums is BGN 4.00, for students and pensioners it is BGN 2.00